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Old 09-17-2018, 10:41 PM   #241
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Made it home, I知 tired of driving 450 miles in a day. People I care about are cut off from me. People I know still don稚 have power, I知 tired of hurricanes knocking out my electric. I知 getting a whole house generator that comes on when the electric goes off. Three storms that each was worse that the one before, Floyd, Matthew and now Florence. All storms of the century. I didn稚 think we would ever have a hurricane that was worse than Floyd, wrong we had two more and each worse
Hey Spock, you may want to think about raising your generator above ground level when you get it installed. I did, so at least the run off through my yard doesn't get inside the cabinet.
You'll also want to keep it at least 5 feet from any doors, windows or vents that could draw exhaust gases and as close as possible to your gas meter and electrical panel.
You'll want a dedicated gas valve near the meter so if generator service is necessary you can leave gas on to the rest of the house.
Just food for thought.
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Old 09-17-2018, 11:20 PM   #242
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For those that are thinking about a Generac whole house generator be aware if you live in a area that Temp may drop below "32 Deg F" you will/should also add the"Cold Weather Kit"! There were 5 of us that bought "Generac 20,000 whole house units" and None of them started when the OS Temp dropped to 15 Deg F! We called Generac and they said the "Cold Kits" were required in. Areas that drop below 32! F! They all worked flawlessly after installing the Cold Kits! All the units were Propane! Youroo! !
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Any word from RJOYD who started this thread?
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Old 09-18-2018, 08:06 AM   #244
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Hey Spock, you may want to think about raising your generator above ground level when you get it installed. I did, so at least the run off through my yard doesn't get inside the cabinet.
You'll also want to keep it at least 5 feet from any doors, windows or vents that could draw exhaust gases and as close as possible to your gas meter and electrical panel.
You'll want a dedicated gas valve near the meter so if generator service is necessary you can leave gas on to the rest of the house.
Just food for thought.


We have total electric house. But I知 going to install a tankless hot water heater and gas logs for the fireplace
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Old 09-18-2018, 08:45 AM   #245
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That is good plan, I always have had multiple forms of heat when I build new house for myself, I am on number 4 right now with three forms of heat, and a 50kw 3 ph Kohler generator on propane, it runs everything. Installed it myself, got it from a hospital that went to a bigger one, it only had 790 hours on it. I don’t have any chance of flooding but I have my possible disaster too, (fire) as I live near Yosemite.
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Old 09-18-2018, 09:34 AM   #246
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We live 100 miles inland from the South Carolina Coast and had 100 mph wind from Hugo. He is not safe.
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Old 09-18-2018, 09:36 AM   #247
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Wilmington is now an island with virtually no way to get in. Lots of the huge trees downtown gone. We had no damage to our house. Carolina Beach, Kure beach had huge flooding with first levels flooded. Wrightsville beach fairies a lot better than expected with only minimal damages. Electricity is still out in most of the city, no gasoline, o food. NE Cape Fear river crested at 30 above flood stage. Water has started to return to the river and ocean.
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Old 09-18-2018, 09:40 AM   #248
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HUGO? That was quite a while ago. But I’m glad you still remember
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Old 09-18-2018, 02:33 PM   #249
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Hurricane tie down

Every time this question is asked most responses say 斗eave. We live in Kure Beach and the questioner lives in Wilmington
. The storm is over. If we would have left we would be neck deeo in water. We have rods with eyes buried in cement 4 ft deep with a ratchet strap over the top. And we filled the fresh water tank. This solution was recommended by the one and only person we could find who realizes leaving is not always the best option. Our trailer made it through the storm just fine and I wasn稚 even worried about it.
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At the end of the day everybody must make their own decisions after evaluating the whole big picture as you are the one to live (or die) by that decision. I'm glad I didn't have to make that decision. But I'd be the last one to 2nd guess that decision.
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Old 09-18-2018, 03:02 PM   #251
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At the end of the day everybody must make their own decisions after evaluating the whole big picture as you are the one to live (or die) by that decision. I'm glad I didn't have to make that decision. But I'd be the last one to 2nd guess that decision.
X2. Only you can be held responsible for your decision(s). Like we say in Alaska, "Sometimes you eat the bear, and sometimes the bear eats you".
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In hindsight I wish we had stayed, I think our Cedar Creek fifth wheel with the jacks down and hooked up to the Silverado would have did okay. Next time we will leave as I知 installing a whole house generator. I had one tree down but I was blessed. My son lives in Wallace NC and the power sub station is under water, he doesn稚 know when he will get power. He put his travel trailer in a building and as soon as the winds died down he pulled his trailer to his house. The building that his trailer was in is now under water. He is living in his trailer. He brought a generator when Hurricane Matthew came in, he said the generator and camper was both paid for with two storms of the century
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Old 09-18-2018, 04:00 PM   #253
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In hindsight I wish we had stayed, Next time we will leave as I知 installing a whole house generator.
Remember, when you moved it, you had a Cat. 4 or possibly a Cat.5 storm headed your way. I think you made the best decision that you could have at the time.

Sorry to hear about your son's lack of electricity. Sounds like he's a like you, keeping the rig sheltered until needed.
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yes, you did the right thing, though it seems an inconvenience 'now'...
it would not have seemed that way if the storm remained a Hurricane ...

it's always going to be a 'guess', but better safe, and sorry... than just sorry.

My sister and her 4 kids left Charleston, and just now returned...very inconvenient.
But alive.
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Hind sight is always 20-20. It is just not worth the risk to consider riding out a hurricane. They are unpredictable and you would be risking your life.
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I have seen decisions go both ways...

Buddy of mine had a nice Hawk 285 off shore fishing boat, it was parked at his place in Murrells Inlet, SC when Hurricane Fran came along. Originally Fran was forecast to come in at Myrtle Beach. He decided to tow it home to Fayetteville, NC some 90 miles inland. Fran turned at the last minute and came up the Cape Fear River, right through Fayetteville as a strong Cat 1. Large pine landed full length on the boat parked right next to his garage.
So you never really know.

I have seen two campers parked in the same campground about 3 spaces apart, hurricane came through, one camper was trashed the other had minor damage. No clue why.

I, personally have a tendency to lean towards the conservative side when it comes to protecting life and property. I carry plenty of insurance, but I really don't want to use it.

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Old 09-20-2018, 07:42 PM   #257
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Next time we will leave as I知 installing a whole house generator.

We installed one 2 years ago. After 6 days of 95 degree heat and 80% humidity one year and 5 days of below zero snow, we opted for a bigger one then we needed. In the event of family coming to camp on property and the power going out.

We had it installed on the other side of garage to keep the noise minimal.

One of the best buys we ever did.
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Our son is back in Wilmington, while being bypassed around I40 he said the smell was horrific. Wilmington is in really bad shape many areas still without power. Limited food at the stores. His house fared well all he lost was a few shingles and his privacy fence. Less that a 1/2 mile away was serious flooding though.

On a side not the Community College where he works is planning to reopen October 1st.
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Old 09-23-2018, 01:48 AM   #259
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Our son is back in Wilmington, while being bypassed around I40 he said the smell was horrific.
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That smell is something everyone describes in the wake of a flood.

Looks like there is more tropical rain headed that way this week which is not going to help the recovery.

We still have lots of homes that haven't even begun to be repaired from Harvey last year. We feel for you and understand. Even though you came through with minimal damage, seeing the devastation around you is tough.
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We installed one 2 years ago. After 6 days of 95 degree heat and 80% humidity one year and 5 days of below zero snow, we opted for a bigger one then we needed. In the event of family coming to camp on property and the power going out.

We had it installed on the other side of garage to keep the noise minimal.

One of the best buys we ever did.


What size did you get?
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